Meaning of REACT in English

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


When you ~ to something that has happened to you, you behave in a particular way because of it.

They ~ed violently to the news...

It’s natural to ~ with disbelief if your child is accused of bullying...

= respond

VERB: V to n, V adv/prep, also V


If you ~ against someone’s way of behaving, you deliberately behave in a different way because you do not like the way they behave.

My father never saved and perhaps I ~ed against that.

= rebel

VERB: V against n


If you ~ to a substance such as a drug, or to something you have touched, you are affected unpleasantly or made ill by it.

Someone allergic to milk is likely to ~ to cheese...

VERB: V to n, also V


When one chemical substance ~s with another, or when two chemical substances ~, they combine chemically to form another substance.

Calcium ~s with water...

Under normal circumstances, these two gases ~ readily to produce carbon dioxide and water.

V-RECIP: V with n, pl-n V

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